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Publisher's Summary

In the aftermath of tragedy, life goes on - painful and forever altered, but ripe with new beginnings. For Julie Holt, travelling to the beautiful but ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, is a journey into a secret past, and a life she never expected....

Julie first knew loss at the age of 12, when her sister disappeared, never to be found. As her once close-knit family grew apart, Julie's mother obsessively searched for the girl, and when her mother died, Julie took up the search, never letting go of the hope. Then, at an art exhibition in New York, she meets Monica - a struggling artist and single mother who reminds Julie so much of her sister that she can't help feeling drawn to her: Monica paints a vivid picture of her family, but never says why or how she lost contact with them. And she has another secret: a heart condition that will soon take her life.

When Monica dies, Julie inherits from her an antique portrait - as well as custody of her young son. Taking him back to Biloxi and New Orleans to see the family he has never met, Julie discovers a connection of her own. The portrait, of an old relative, was done by her great-grandfather - and unlocks a family history she never knew.

©2011 Karen White (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • amcbmoore
  • Fairhope, AL United States
  • 07-07-11

Great book! Awful southern accent

I have never written a review before but Amy's southern accent was so grating that I had to comment
about it. The book was great but the awful really was distracting.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Pat
  • St. Thomas, ON, Canada
  • 12-08-12

Good book for a long trip

Would you listen to The Beach Trees again? Why?

I enjoyed this book while on a long car trip. The long story was a perfect match to the long journey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beach Trees?

The discriptions of the storm damage were so real I felt like I too was there.

What aspect of Ki Gottberg and Gin Hammond ’s performance would you have changed?

The accents didn't ring quite true.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not really one moment, just the developement of the people.

Any additional comments?

I would not recomend this book to anyone in a hurry, you need to just enjoy the slow reveal

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Mystery in New Orleans

Classic Karen White. Family mystery told in flashback. Great character development. Some may argue a predictable storyline, but there were a few twists to the plot. Overall, a great story. Loved Amy's character.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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l Loved it from the beginning . Very intriguing

One of Karen Whites best. Narrator very good, and pleasant to listen to. Too short.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • MS
  • 08-14-12

Karen White, one of my favorite authors

This book switches from past to present and kept me on the edge of my seat!! Would recommend.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Captivating and informative

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It’s a refreshingly wonderful story of a woman’s struggle to save herself while raising the son of her best friend. There is mystery, twists and turns as well as interestingly historical information regarding Hurricane Katrina. It was a book I couldn’t stop listening to and I will definitely read more books by his author.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aimee was my favorite character. She totally accepted Julie and was instrumental to the changes in her.

Have you listened to any of Ki Gottberg and Gin Hammond ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don’t think so, but will again. I enjoy books who have more than one reader.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Lost souls are found.

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The reader

The Julie character had a slow winy kinda boring voice... but loved the story line.

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Not her best book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was not impressed with the way this book was narrated and I am sure the author has never been around a 5 year old boy. Generally speaking little boys who have just turned 5 do not have cell phone numbers memorized and haven't lost their baby teeth yet. I would not recommend this book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Karen White? Why or why not?

Yes.

Did Ki Gottberg and Gin Hammond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No.

Do you think The Beach Trees needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

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Disappointing

Karen White knows how to write a story, a good story, maybe not much of a mystery but a good story. This is not her best.

The narration is atrocious, So bad that I have thought of putting the book down several times. I tend to write down the names of narrators whom I have enjoyed but this time I will be writing down the names of narrators who will automatically delete a book from my listening pleasure. Their voices do not match the characters they portray. Their audible acting capability is distracting. I do hope Karen White finds Theresa again as she brought something to the party of listening.

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NEVER a slow moment

Sure, not always high energy but this was one of my favorites of Karen White....wait, not true....honestly, I have loved each and every one of her books 📚!!

Thank you Karen White....PLEASE KEEP WRITING!!!